Also see: The 2009 IT Salary Guide

Surprising no one, IT salaries in 2009 are undergoing a contraction – so far modest – as the economy grapples with a deep downturn. Based on the 2009 IT Salary Survey by Janco Associates, the mean IT salary dipped from $79,005 in January 2008 to $77,367 in January 2009, for a decline of 2.07 percent.

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The Janco survey, which culled data from more than 800 organizations and 50,000 respondents, indicates that positions across the IT industry saw declines. As evidenced in the chart below, the steepest salary declines were seen among executives and middle managers at mid-size companies, while staffers at both large and mid-size firms saw comparatively smaller pay drops:

Fringe benefits for IT professionals also suffered some erosion. Based on the multi-year chart below, the 2007-08 period appears to have been a high point for many categories. Note, though, that personal performance bonuses continue to be on the rise. This may be because employers are still willing to grant onetime pay rewards – especially if it helps them avoid agreeing to a higher ongoing pay package.

The Janco survey was in contrast to the Robert Half IT Salary Guide, published in November 2008, which indicated that 2009 IT salaries would rise a modest 3.7 percent.

Indeed, the Janco survey, published in January ‘09 and so deeper into the downturn, presents an overall gloomier aspect of the IT job market. Echoing the headlines, Janco found that many companies have initiated hiring freezes for IT staff, are laying off staff and contractors and are taking another look at outsourcing.

Making the hiring picture still more difficult, some older IT staffers, faced with sharp stock market losses, are choosing to remain in their job rather than retire. And some IT retirees are hoping to reenter the workforce in hopes of replenishing savings portfolios that are now missing a few zeros.

Still, as most top tech recruiters will attest, skilled IT professionals, especially those with business savvy, tend to be in demand over time, regardless of 2009’s dour outlook.

*List of 2009 IT Salaries:*

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

**Salaries for IT Executives, 2009:**

**Chief Information Officer (CIO)**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $146,604 // Total: $171,755

*Current Mean:*

Base: $145,947 // Total: $163,211

Change: –4.97%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $300,00; change: –10.35%)

**VP – Administration**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $87,190 // Total: $100,820

*Current Mean:*

Base: $82,906 // Total: $93,353

Change: –7.41%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $138,406; change: –0.04%)

**VP Consulting Services**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $127,078 // Total: $148,877

*Current Mean:*

Base: $126,303 // Total: $147,672

Change: –0.81%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $194,596; change: –2.04%)

**VP Information Services**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $108,656 // Total: $121,837

*Current Mean:*

Base: $104,659 // Total: $117,155

Change: –3.84%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $176,192; change: +4.42%)

**VP – Technical Services**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $117,026 // Total: $135,155

*Current Mean:*

Base: $115,498 // Total: $130,542

Change: –3.41%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $200,717; change: +0.52%)

**Director – IT Planning**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $107,046 // Total: $115,434

*Current Mean:*

Base: $91,776 // Total: $97,494

Change: –15.54%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $139,330; change: –9.55%)

**Director – Production/Data Center**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $103,871 // Total: $112,648

*Current Mean:*

Base: $101,640 // Total: $110,207

Change: –2.17%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $150,676; change: –0.74%)

**Director – Systems & Programming**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $120,206 // Total: $131,498

*Current Mean:*

Base: $118,812 // Total: $129,738

Change: –1.34%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $190,290; change: –0.36%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*

**Salaries for IT Managers, 2009:**

**Manager – Computer Operations**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $74,030 // Total: $78,678

*Current Mean:*

Base: $74,082 // Total: $78,672

Change: –0.01%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $119,138; change: +0.02%)

**Manager – Customer Service**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $67,116 // Total: $72,514

*Current Mean:*

Base: $62,567 // Total: $65,954

Change: –9.05%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $110,455; change: –6.81%)

**Manager – Data Communications**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $67,406 // Total: $71,998

*Current Mean:*

Base: $65,004 // Total: $68,046

Change: –5.49%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $76,369; change: –8.78%)

**Manager – Data Warehouse**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $59,181 // Total: $63,585

*Current Mean:*

Base: $52,776 // Total: $55,886

Change: –12.11%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $67,629; change: +1.34%)

**Manager – Application Development**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $71,339 // Total: $73,708

*Current Mean:*

Base: $66,593 // Total: $68,547

Change: –7.00%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $76,613; change: –1.73%)

**Manager – Operating Systems Production**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $87,658 // Total: $97,080

*Current Mean:*

Base: $85,781 // Total: $88,680

Change: –8.65%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $104.609; change: –14.01%)

**Manager – Production Services**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $80,295 // Total: $86,193

*Current Mean:*

Base: $79,416 // Total: $85,014

Change: –1.37%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $120,343; change: –0.36%)

**Manager – Production Support**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $81,288 // Total: $89,100

*Current Mean:*

Base: $78,948 // Total: $86,315

Change: –3.14%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $119,090; change: –0.95%)

**Manager – Quality Control**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $53,463 // Total: $56,823

*Current Mean:*

Base: $50,886 // Total: $53,834

Change: –5.26%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $63,830; change: –1.98%)

**Manager – Systems and Programming**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $86,921 // Total: $91,484

*Current Mean:*

Base: $88,459 // Total: $92,614

Change: +1.24%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $136,535; change: –1.31%)

**Manager – Technical Services**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $72,816 // Total: $78,064

*Current Mean:*

Base: $74,458 // Total: $78,331

Change: +0.34%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $133,130; change: –17.81%)

**Manager – Training and Documentation**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $56,814 // Total: $59,155

*Current Mean:*

Base: $57,801 // Total: $60,236

Change: +1.83%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $88,902; change: +0.56%)

**Manager – Voice and Data Communications**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $82,096 // Total: $85,772

*Current Mean:*

Base: $81,140 // Total: $84,611

Change: –1.35%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $111,110; change: –2.00%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*

**Salaries for Software Development, 2009: **

**Programmer/Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $66,595 // Total: $69,178

*Current Mean:*

Base: $68,000 // Total: $70,649

Change: +2.13%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $130,343; change: +0.54%)

**Systems Programmer**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $70,153 // Total: $72,314

*Current Mean:*

Base: $66,479 // Total: $67,929

Change: –6.06%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $90,745; change: –3.97%)

**Software Engineer**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $78,631 // Total: $81,253

*Current Mean:*

Base: $80,794 // Total: $83,455

Change: +2.71%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $148,281; change: –12.89%)

**Object Visual Programmer**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $72,173 // Total: $72,463

*Current Mean:*

Base: $71,818 // Total: $71,991

Change: –0.65%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $83,614; change: –2.70%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*

**Salaries for IT Networking Specialists, 2009: **

**Network Control Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $65,369 // Total: $67,571

*Current Mean:*

Base: $64,423 // Total: $65,583

Change: –2.94%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $71,503; change: +12.75%)

**Senior Network Specialist**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $72,764 // Total: $76,493

*Current Mean:*

Base: $73,113 // Total: $77,003

Change: –0.67%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $146,737; change: +0.12%)

**Network Services Administrator**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $60,512 // Total: $62,446

*Current Mean:*

Base: $58,485 // Total: $60,682

Change: –2.82%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $89,235; change: –24.54%)

**Voice/Wireless Communications Coordinator**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $57,632 // Total: $58,847

*Current Mean:*

Base: $57,125 // Total: $58,353

Change: –0.84%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $76,145; change: –0.72%)

**Network Technician**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $49,084 // Total: $50,708

*Current Mean:*

Base: $50,676 // Total: $52,505

Change: +3.54%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $82,260; change: –9.46%)

**LAN Applications Support Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $51,023 // Total: $52,649

*Current Mean:*

Base: $50,675 // Total: $51,959

Change: –1.31%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $65,636; change: +3.08%)

**Manager – Network Services**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $80,364 // Total: $84,987

*Current Mean:*

Base: $80,644 // Total: $85,470

Change: –0.57%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $146,045; change: +0.10%)

**Supervisor – Network Services**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $69,463 // Total: $71,821

*Current Mean:*

Base: $66,627 // Total: $69,023

Change: –3.90%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $87,657; change: –0.71%)

**Hardware Installations Coordinator**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $50,280 // Total: $50,740

*Current Mean:*

Base: $50,091 // Total: $50,575

Change: –0.33%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $61,550; change: +2.30%)

**Voice/Wireless Communications Manager**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $80,137 // Total: $83,058

*Current Mean:*

Base: $74,693 // Total: $77,809

Change: –6.32%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $89,984; change: –1.65%)

**Project Manager – Network Technical Services**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $76,474 // Total: $80,095

*Current Mean:*

Base: $62,403 // Total: $66,352

Change: –17.16%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $89,727; change: +0.55%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*

**Salaries for Support/Supervisory IT Staff, 2009:**

**Project Manager – Systems**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $89,586 // Total: $93,713

*Current Mean:*

Base: $88,562 // Total: $92,809

Change: –0.96%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $138,989; change: –0.37%)

**Supervisor – Hardware Installations**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $50,748 // Total: $52,739

*Current Mean:*

Base: $50,640 // Total: $52,717

Change: –0.04%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $61,589; change: +1.77%)

**Personal Computer Specialist**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $47,112 // Total: $48,776

*Current Mean:*

Base: $47,248 // Total: $48,516

Change: –0.53%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $65,151; change: –1.79%)

**Systems Support Specialist**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $55,480 // Total: $58,078

*Current Mean:*

Base: $55,233 // Total: $57,840

Change: –0.41%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $108,562; change: –0.11%)

**Librarian**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $38,187 // Total: $40,616

*Current Mean:*

Base: $41,3164 // Total: $41,496

Change: +3.32%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $54,692; change: +10.95%)

**Technical Services Specialist**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $56,100 // Total: $58,320

*Current Mean:*

Base: $56,027 // Total: $58,524

Change: +0.11%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $84,016; change: +1.88%)

**Technical Specialist**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $52,280 // Total: $53,254

*Current Mean:*

Base: $51,113 // Total: $51,861

Change: –2.61%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $66,343; change: –0.87%)

**Project Manager – Distributed Systems**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $88,417 // Total: $95,458

*Current Mean:*

Base: $86,505 // Total: $92,236

Change: –3.38%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $147,072; change: –0.66%)

**Computer Operations – Shift Manager**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $62,129 // Total: $64,306

*Current Mean:*

Base: $60,018 // Total: $62,095

Change: –3.44%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $66,008; change: –7.49%)

**Capacity Planning Supervisor**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $51,846 // Total: $52,180

*Current Mean:*

Base: $51,780 // Total: $52,158

Change: –0.04%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $57,740; change: –0.06%)

**Change Control Supervisor**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $69,963 // Total: $74,384

*Current Mean:*

Base: $69,430 // Total: $73,535

Change: –1.14%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $90,175; change: –0.29%)

**Supervisor – Microcomputer Support**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $66,780 // Total: $69,064

*Current Mean:*

Base: $62,615 // Total: $64,555

Change: –6.53%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $78,219; change: +1.87%)

**Computer Operations – Shift Supervisor**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $50,222 // Total: $50,770

*Current Mean:*

Base: $45,874 // Total: $46,451

Change: –8.51%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $50,803; change: –2.32%)

** Production Services Supervisor**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $71,215 // Total: $74,141

*Current Mean:*

Base: $68,956 // Total: $72,178

Change: –2.65%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $91,470; change: –1.22%)

**Production Manager – Applications**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $81,095 // Total: $85,185

*Current Mean:*

Base: $79,229 // Total: $83,365

Change: –2.14%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $129,334; change: –0.72%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*

**Salaries for IT Security Specialists, 2009:**

**VP – Security (CSO)**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $132,319 // Total: $148,117

*Current Mean:*

Base: $129,491 // Total: $144,908

Change: –2.17%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $174,746; change: –0.80%)

**Manager – Security and Workstations**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $79,873 // Total: $82,864

*Current Mean:*

Base: $75,329 // Total: $77,832

Change: –6.07%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $104,469; change: +2.48%)

**Data Security Administrator**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $66,677 // Total: $69,859

*Current Mean:*

Base: $66.061 // Total: $69,433

Change: –0.61%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $99,512; change: –0.31%)

**Disaster Recovery Coordinator**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $63,454 // Total: $71,779

*Current Mean:*

Base: $64,322 // Total: $69,988

Change: –2.50%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $93,255; change: –9.11%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*

**Salaries for IT/Internet Positions, 2009:**

**Internet Developer**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $71,316 // Total: $74,134

*Current Mean:*

Base: $70,595 // Total: $72,606

Change: –2.06%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $89,771; change: +0.34%)

**Web Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $55,058 // Total: $56,294

*Current Mean:*

Base: $54,936 // Total: $56,096

Change: –0.35%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $78,069; change: –16.57%)

**Manager – Internet Systems**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $89,760 // Total: $91,327

*Current Mean:*

Base: $88,510 // Total: $86,186

Change: –5.63%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $111,946; change: +4.84%)

**Webmaster**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $60,633 // Total: $63,609

*Current Mean:*

Base: $60,579 // Total: $63,471

Change: –0.22%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $132,397; change: –0.02%)

**E-Commerce Specialist**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $60,037 // Total: $61,136

*Current Mean:*

Base: $62,229 // Total: $63,717

Change: +4.22%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $91,767; change: +1.21%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*

**Salaries for IT Database Specialists, 2009:**

**Manager – Database**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $84,961 // Total: $89,226

*Current Mean:*

Base: $81,852 // Total: $84,868

Change: –4.88%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $124,255; change: +7.57%)

**Database Specialist**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $71,532 // Total: $74,460

*Current Mean:*

Base: $72,058 // Total: $75,109

Change: +0.87%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $133,870; change: +6.56%)

**Manager – Data Entry Supervisor**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $44,198 // Total: $45,517

*Current Mean:*

Base: $43,321 // Total: $44,595

Change: –2.03%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $52,567; change: –3.52%)

**Data Center Facility Administrator**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $58,315 // Total: $59,372

*Current Mean:*

Base: $56,465 // Total: $58,070

Change: –2.78%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $66,665; change: –3.47%)

**Data Entry Clerk**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $33,668 // Total: $34,284

*Current Mean:*

Base: $34,137 // Total: $34,704

Change: +1.23%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $44,510; change: –0.63%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*

**Salaries for Miscellaneous IT Professionals/Consultants:**

**IT Planning Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $65,354 // Total: $66,610

*Current Mean:*

Base: $63,661 // Total: $64,781

Change: –2.74%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $77,106; change: –0.04%)

**Change Control Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $50,198 // Total: $52,729

*Current Mean:*

Base: $50,094 // Total: $51,235

Change: –2.83%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $66,285; change: –0.08%)

**Computer Operator**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $42,343 // Total: $42,688

*Current Mean:*

Base: $41,617 // Total: $42,180

Change: –1.19%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $58,732; change: +0.72%)

**Forms and Graphics Designer**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $49,575 // Total: $51,945

*Current Mean:*

Base: $49,264 // Total: $50,331

Change: –3.11%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $70,524; change: –3.87%)

**Operations Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $56,480 // Total: $59,636

*Current Mean:*

Base: $55,670 // Total: $58,014

Change: –2.72%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $73,050; change: –4.09%)

**Production Control Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $61,756 // Total: $62,606

*Current Mean:*

Base: $60,906 // Total: $61,744

Change: –1.33%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $65,513; change: –2.33%)

**Systems Analyst**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $69,926// Total: $71,218

*Current Mean:*

Base: $69,925 // Total: $71,499

Change: +0.40%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $100,660; change: –2.03%)

** Production Control Specialist**

*Prior Year Mean:*

Base: $54,272 // Total: $56,852

*Current Mean:*

Base: $53,214 // Total: $55,925

Change: –1.63%

(Current mean for highest paid quartile: $57,248; change: –2.97%)

**List of 2009 IT Salaries:**

**IT Executives** // **IT Managers** // **Software Development/Programming** // **Networking** // **Support/Supervisory IT Staff** // **IT Security** // **Internet** // **Database** // **Miscellaneous IT Professionals-Consultants**

*All salary information courtesy of Janco Associates.*